Montessori Matters

October 6, 2017

Community Service at MSA

Why Community Service?

The Montessori School of Anderson has always placed a strong emphasis on community service as part of the curriculum. Why? The answer is simple. Service to Humanity is one of the "pillars" of our school. Our Community Service Program provides unique opportunities for our students to learn to be of service to others. Students learn the joys of giving back, a bit about the "real world" and a bit about themselves. They often sharpen their people skills, develop empathy for others, and learn the value of voluntarism. They learn about how to help other and how they can make a difference in their world! Here is what students started working on this week.

Fifth graders enjoyed their second Community Service visit to the primary playground this week. After completing an observation, 5th graders enjoyed playing with their young friends! They are learning a lot about young children!

Sixth graders made their first Community Service visit to Infant/Toddler classes this week. They had a tour of the classrooms and then had the opportunity to interact with the toddlers on the playground. It only took a few minutes for friendships to be made! What a fun morning for all!

Eighth graders began a new community service project this week. As Middle School Mentors, they will work individually with Lower El students on reading and other activities each week. This week's first visit to Lower El was a winner! Students (and teachers) in both classes are very enthusiastic about this project and can't wait for their next visit!

As we gathered for Flag Ceremony this week, we were mindful of those who have been affected by the recent hurricanes. Students from all levels brought jars filled with coins and dollar bills to help the hurricane victims. As they added their donations to the communal basket beneath the flag pole, the basket was filled nearly to the brim! We celebrate and appreciate the generosity of our students and families toward those in need!

Louise Knisley, Community Service Coordinator

Dates To Remember

October 9- Volleyball at home Vs. Laurens

October 11- 11th Grade PSAT

October 13- Full Day of School

October 16-20- Fall Break

October 20- Anderson County Celtic Festival at Anderson University
October 26-28- Upper El production of Captain Louie Jr.

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Take the My Energy Kit Challenge

Even if you have signed up in the past, you can do it again to give our school credit. Be sure to share with friends and family as well!!

Our school is taking the My Energy Kit Challenge and has a goal to save at least 20,000 kilowatt-hours of energy this school year. That’s a year’s worth of electricity for two homes! We’ll reach this goal when at least 100 families sign up for a FREE Energy Kit and use it to make their homes energy-efficient. These FREE kits from Duke Energy contain items like LED bulbs, a low-flow shower head, and other useful gadgets that can make a big difference toward saving energy at home. If we meet the challenge, our school will automatically win $250. Take the My Energy Kit Challenge and sign up for your FREE kit at or call 1-855-386-9548.

A primary student using a sand tray to work on his letters.
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Note from Nurse Merriman

In the wake of another tragedy in Las Vegas, I’d like to share this recommended information shared by the American Academy of Pediatrics and addresses speaking to your children about tragedies and other news events.

Have a safe and healthy weekend.

Susanna Merriman, RN

Talking to Children

MSA Eagles Athletics

Our fall sports teams are wrapping up their seasons. The cross country team ran last night at Palmetto High School and will finish up with a meet on Tuesday at Oconee Christian Academy.

The volleyball team is 7-4 after a tough loss against Richard Winn earlier this week. Their "Volley for a Cure" fundraiser to raise awareness about blood cancers is wrapping up at their final regular season match on Monday, October 9th at 4:30 at Concord Baptist Church. The match will be free will donation with the proceeds going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They are still selling $1 luminaries that will be placed in the gym for the match. If you would like to purchase one please stop by our office or purchase one on your way into the match on Monday!

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Montessori School of Anderson

Our mission is to nurture the whole child, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, preparing students for academic excellence, lifelong learning and responsible, caring lives.
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